Preview: Wearable Technology Show 2016

Posted on November 28, 2015


Last year’s Wearable Technology Show was a runaway success for the prototypers. In March 2016 we go again: higher, better, faster, stronger.

Wearable Technology Show 2016 bills itself as the number one event for connected technology. Last year it was the prototypers who stole the thunder. On Intel’s blockbuster stand there were several projects powered by its mini computer-on-a-board Edison. But one, the 3D printed bionic arm from OpenBionics, was a runaway hit. Everyone wanted to get shots of model Grace Mandeville and her incredible crystal studded arm.

There was a lot more besides – VR-wear from Samsung and Meta, sports bands galore and smart textiles – but the organisers are promising another incredible line-up on 15-16 March 2016 at London ExCeL. Nine conference tracks will showcase 200 speakers from around the globe.

Wearable Disruption
On the Wearable Disrupt stage, Ruud de Jonge, evangelist at Microsoft, will be showing how HoloLens and the Microsoft Band will lead the line in the company’s wearable strategy. Guest presenter Radislav Potyrailo from GE Research will also be there to preview a new generation of chemical/wearable sensors.

Debate on the direction and formats wearables will take in future will feature alongside the latest product and service launches and thought leading presentations. Organisers promise connected car exhibits, a start up competition, smart homes and connected living, the IOT Innovation Zone and more than 30 product launches and exclusive prototype demonstrations. Entry includes both the IOT Connect and Augmented Reality and VR shows, for a three-in-one experience offering superior coverage of emerging technologies.

Book VIP treatment with a special pass that gives access all areas, plus copies of all the presentations and a wearable product worth more than £100.

Wearable Awards
The Wearable Awards 2016 will reward the best innovations in wearable and smart devices. Enter yourself in the competition here. Categories include:

  • Best Consumer Product
  • Best App
  • Best Innovation
  • Crunchwear Editor’s Award
  • Best Medical Device
  • Best AR Company
  • Best Start Up

The Business Start Up Award
Those shortlisted for the start up competition will get the chance to demonstrate their product in front of the judging panel, the press and a packed audience, as well as getting a free stand at the show. Organisers were inundated with entries last year, given the opportunity to raise awareness and valuable investment opportunities and the entry deadline for start ups is 6 February 2016. An announcement on who has made the shortlist will go out on 15 February, with the ceremony on 15 March.